NEW GLASS PULVERIZER HAS ARRIVED IN THE PRRD
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Glass container recycling was reintroduced back into the PRRD recycling stream in April 2010. Since that time, we have been stockpiling the glass waiting for our new glass pulverizer to arrive. The time has finally come. Our glass pulverizer has arrived, and is ready to start crushing the region’s waste glass!
This new equipment is a unique solution to the glass recycling problem. Many municipalities in Canada look at glass as a nuisance product. It has very low market value, and is extremely cost ineffective to ship to smelters. Many recycling programs do not accept glass for recycling. Of the municipalities that do accept glass, many ship it to the landfill to be used as daily landfill cover. Our goal is to keep as much material out of the landfill as possible. Glass is no exception!
Our region’s new glass pulverizer, manufactured by Glass Aggregate Systems of Faribault, MN, crushes glass to the consistency of sand or gravel (with interchangeable screen sizes). The end product has no sharp edges or paper/lid contamination. It is safe enough to use in your child’s sandbox!
Once crushed, there are many end uses for the product: sandblasting sand, sand bags, ice control (sand replacement), decorative products (stepping stones, pottery), pipe drainage, gravel substitute for muddy shop yards, and the list goes on… Residents interested in using recycled glass for a project can give the Eco-Depot a call @ (250) 785-0300.
Glass is accepted at all regional recycling depots and as part of the curbside collection programs in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek. Please ensure your glass food containers are clean and free of food residue. Remove lids.
Remember, the following items are NOT RECYCLABLE: drinking glasses, ceramics, cookware, incandescent bulbs, mirrors, windows and plate glass.
If you have any questions, please contact Lindsay at the Eco-Depot 250-785-0300 or toll free 1-866-913-3760.